Beyond Borders: Charles Ndukauba’s Concerns Over Ghana’s Anti-Gay Legislation – A Message to President Akufo-Addo” “Why is Ghana still on issue of discrimination”

By Charles Ndukauba
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (president of Ghana)
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (president of Ghana)

I write to you today with a heavy heart, burdened by the news of Ghana’s recent passage of an anti-gay law. As a steadfast oppose of such legislation, I feel compelled to express my deep concerns regarding the implications of this decision, not only for the people of Ghana but also for the broader global community.

First and foremost, Mr. President, I understand the complex dynamics at play in governance, especially in a country as rich in culture and tradition as Ghana. I acknowledge the challenges you face in balancing the aspirations of your people with the pressures of modernity and international expectations. However, I firmly believe that the rights and freedoms of individuals must never be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency or cultural conformity.

The enactment of this anti-gay law sends a distressing message, not just within the borders of Ghana, but across the entire world. It stands as a stark contradiction to the principles of equality, tolerance, and human dignity that should form the cornerstone of any just society. By institutionalizing discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, Ghana risks alienating a significant portion of its population and undermining the very fabric of its democratic ideals.

Moreover, Mr. President, let us not forget that Ghana is a signatory to numerous international conventions and treaties that explicitly uphold the rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. By disregarding these commitments and enacting legislation that targets a specific group based on their inherent characteristics, Ghana not only violates its international obligations but also risks tarnishing its reputation as a progressive and inclusive nation.

Furthermore, the passage of this law not only legitimizes discrimination but also perpetuates harmful stereotypes and prejudices that have no place in a modern society. It fosters a climate of fear and intolerance, where individuals are ostracized and marginalized simply for being who they are. This not only violates their basic human rights but also undermines their ability to live freely and authentically.

Mr. President, I implore you to heed the voices of reason and compassion that are calling for a reconsideration of this misguided legislation. Embrace diversity as a source of strength and richness, rather than viewing it as a threat to be suppressed. Stand on the right side of history by repealing this regressive law and reaffirming Ghana’s commitment to equality, justice, and human rights for all its citizens.

The world is watching, and the choices you make today will have far-reaching consequences for generations to come. Let Ghana be remembered not for its intolerance, but for its courage to embrace the full spectrum of human diversity and to stand up for the rights and dignity of every individual, regardless of who they love or how they identify.

Charles Ndukauba
Charles Ndukauba is the author of Dear Nwachukwu or the Narrative of being a man.